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Preflight Setup

Nov 14, 2012 1 Comment

Although computer radios make adjusting the helicopter very easy, I prefer to make mechanical adjustments first to get everything as close as possible to the settings I want, and then I use the radio’s features for fine-tuning. As an example, let’s consider the type of flying you would like to do. If you are ready [...]

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Lithium Polymer (LiPo) Basics

Nov 07, 2012 No Comments

Years ago everyone was using ni-cad batteries, so choosing the right battery for you helicopter was easy. However, now with the advancements in li-po batteries, it can sometimes be difficult to know which battery is best for your application.  My TREX 700E shown here uses a 2-cell lipo for the receiver and servos, and a [...]

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The Real Flight 6.5 Simulator is Here

Nov 06, 2012 2 Comments

Simulators do exactly what their name implies: they simulate. This means they are not true to life, but very close.  At least this has been the case until now. The Great Planes RealFlight 6.5 R/C Flight Simulator with InterLink Elite Controller and Heli Mega Pack with 47 extra helicopters is as close to real flying as you can get without being at the [...]

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Idle Needle Valve Adjustment Techniques

Oct 24, 2012 1 Comment

Idle Needle Valve (NV) Adjustment – The photo shows the three needle valves on the OS 90 HZ engine. The main needle valve is on the bottom by the fuel tubing, with the mid-range needle valve on top.  The idle adjustment is the one in the center. Once the main NV is adjusted, it’s now [...]

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RIPPER OBL 44/49/50 Series Helicopter Brushless Motors

Oct 17, 2012 1 Comment

The ACE RC Ripper OBL outrunner brushless motors are the latest series of helicopter motors designed for electric conversions or stock e-powered models ranging from medium-size helis to 3D aircraft.  Configured with curved magnets, all OBL motors deliver high torque & high RPM at maximum efficiency for longer flight time and cool temperatures. Although this series of brushless motors do not require  any [...]

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Futaba GY430 Gyro

Oct 14, 2012 No Comments

The new Futaba GY430 single axis helicopter gyro is one of the smallest and lightest (3.5g) gyros available.  It uses a trimmer that limits servo travel or gain adjustment, although gain can be adjusted from the transmitter using the remote gain function.  Dip switches select gyro direction and mode (heading hold or normal), while information [...]

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Engine Tuning Tricks

Oct 09, 2012 No Comments

Once the engine is started, don’t be concerned with the idle mixture as long as the engine will run close to idle. This is because the main needle valve does exactly what its name implies – it is the primary adjustment by which fuel enters the engine, and all other adjustments are a subset to [...]

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FelyuTech FY-30A Flight Stabilization Unit

Oct 04, 2012 No Comments

The FY-30A uses a three-axis gyro and three-axis accelerometer for inertial sensing. The other major components are an inertial navigation platform and strap down attitude algorithm designed for fixed wing aircraft stabilization.        •  Level flight– The FY-30A will automatically control the aircraft for smooth and easy flying. For beginners it makes flight easier [...]

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